It's not just the Republican party that seems to have lost it's way. Mitch McConnell seems to have dropped his compass in home state, Kentucky. He's about to be primaried. Oh, for Republicans, that's a dreaded word. They now don't have one election to fight in, but two. And this process forces them to push as far to the right as they can, making their Democratic opponent seem that much saner.
HuffPo writer, Luke Johnson reports:
Matthew Bevin, a Louisville businessman, is planning to announce his intentions for the 2014 United States Senate race Wednesday followed by a three-day, eight-stop tour of the state, according to a media advisory released Monday.
The advisory signals a Senate run for Bevin, who has been mulling a primary challenge against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for months. In February, he met with Kentucky tea party activists about a potential run. Politico reported that he had booked airtime for this week.
This primary run scares the poop out of McConnell. First his fear came from the Democrats when he thought that Ashley Judd was going be his opponent. Then he was a little relieved when a lesser named but still locally recognizable opponent stepped forward, Alison Lundergan Grimes. Mitch was ecstatic -- remember how his campaign hit her hard with the "What rhymes with Grimes" campaign? Then the blow-back started with the "No, tell me what rhymes with Mitch, B*tch!" McConnell settled down a bit after that. Until now. Now, a larger contender has surfaced.
McConnell's campaign attacked Bevin on Friday in a statement. "Matthew Griswold Bevin is not a Kentucky conservative, he is merely an East Coast con man," said campaign manager Jesse Benton. "While it is sad to see someone who claims to be a Republican doing Barack Obama’s bidding, his campaign is nothing more than a nuisance. Mitch McConnell will never waiver in his fight for our Kentucky values."
Despite his fundraising advantage, polls have shown McConnell vulnerable to a challenge on his right flank. A Courier-Journal poll in January found that only 34 percent of Republicans would support him against all challengers.
So perhaps Kentucky will turn out to be quite a race. Maybe we'll finally say goodbye to obstructionist Mitch McConnell with the primary, and hello to Alison Lundergan Grimes in the general election. Things are heating up in Kentucky, and it's not Colonel Sanders and his Kentucky Fried Chicken. I'm smelling the stench of burnt skunk. How about you?